The number of conflicts in Africa continues to grow, with more and more new countries getting drawn into them. The situation in West Africa is particularly grave; this part of the continent is being threatened with total destabilisation… The West Africa of today has become a major testing ground where a new model of global governance is being developed… It goes without saying that this system is not only being developed for Africa.
NEWBURYPORT — The City Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:30 in City Hall, but the subject of fluoride has been taken off the agenda.
City councilors Ari Herzog and Meghan Kinsey had planned to request a vote of the City Council on preliminary steps to take fluoride out of the municipal drinking water.
But they have decided to wait on the proposal until the council’s next meeting.
“Councilor Kinsey and I decided to postpone this until the next regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 9,” Herzog said.
He’s a thug, and a crook, and a liar, and a pseudo-intellectual and a murderer. Ok? Those things are factually verifiable.
– From the late Christopher Hitchens’ outstanding interview: Christopher Hitchens’ Polemic Against Henry Kissinger
Crazy John McCain is at it again. Nothing gets this guy more riled up than American plebs questioning status quo war criminals. I suspect much of this anger is rooted in his own legitimate fear about how history will remember his own legacy of remarkable stupidity.
Watch the video here.
According to a poll conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center VCIOM in November 2014, the possibility of a new Cold War was considered likely by over 30 percent of Russians, being the highest number in the past seven years. Every fourth Russian (25 percent of respondents) believed such a conflict was already ongoing. Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the US of dragging Russia into a new Cold War. The former Soviet president fears the chill in relations could eventually spur an armed conflict.
A covert operation has recently been revealed dubbed “the Levitation program” which monitors downloads and uploads in an attempt to locate “extremism or terrorism”…
Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week:
NWNW Flashback: FBI Report Exposes Police State Paranoia (Dec 2014)
Audit Shows NSA Agents Broke the Law Nearly 3000 Times from 2011 to 2012
Two Weeks After Zuckerberg Said ‘Je Suis Charlie,’ Facebook Begins Censoring Images of Muhammad
Canada Joins World Powers in Spying on Smartphone and Download Data
How The CIA Made Google
http://ur1.ca/jjegk Story #2: The Radical Leftist, Anti-Bailout Syriza Party Won in Greece’s National Elections
‘Hope Begins Today Was Their Mantra’: The Inside Story of Syriza’s Rise to Power
Greek Elections: Five Things Syriza Wants to Change
“The Barricades Are Down”: Syriza Is Already Rolling Back Austerity “Reforms”
Greek PM Tsipras Pushes On With Radical Change, Markets Tumble
http://ur1.ca/jkjz3 Story #3: Fatal Peanut Allergies Could Be History
Wikipedia: Royal Children’s Hospital
Fake Article Called ‘Cuckoo For Cocoa Puffs’ Accepted By 17 Medical Journals
Incredible Edible Public Park Helps Feed 200,000
The Incredible Edible Farm in Irvine, California
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On January 27th, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense headlined “Militants Continue to Suffer Losses,” and reported that four helicopters, and other weapons of the “militants,” were destroyed in battle, but no evidence was given to support the assertion. Just two days prior, the (also pro-Government) Kiev Post had, in fact, bannered “Ukraine Hides Devastating Losses as Russia-Backed Fighters Surge Forward,” and reported “Ukraine’s […]
The scary future of Minority Report infamy takes a giant leap forward into the world of non-fiction.
January 29, 2015 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – Comments made by Daniel Russel, a representative of the US State Department, condemned the current Thai government’s legal proceedings against deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the nepotist proxy of her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, also deposed in a military coup in 2006, and guilty of mass murder, serial corruption and abuse of power, terrorism, and backing armed insurrection in 2009 and 2010.
Russel’s comments were verbatim the talking points used for years by the Shinawatra regime to fend off attempts to check its autocratic despotism, and were again repeated by the remnants of Shinawatra’s political front in Thailand after Russel’s comments, prompting Thai authorities to summon 3 senior members of Shinawatra’ political party.
During Shinawatra’s short term in office, her political party bankrupted the country and devastated its rice industry, jeopardizing the livelihoods of millions of farmers. Nearly one million farmers went unpaid for over half a year after a government subsidy scheme collapsed amid rampant corruption and theft. The rice scheme in particular led to Shinawatra’s impeachment from office, an impeachment the US maintains is “politically driven.”
Also during Yingluck Shinawatra’s tenure in office, amid growing protests against the regime she posed as head of, her brother’s political network employed heavily armed terrorists wielding M16s, AK47s, M79 grenade launchers, pistols, and hand grenades, killing nearly thirty unarmed protesters and bystanders including women and children, and maiming over 800 more.
Confirmation of Shinawatra’s role in the terrorism aimed at breaking the will of protesters and maintaining his grip on political power in Thailand, came from one of his most stalwart foreign media supporters, ex-senior Reuters editor Andrew McGregor Marshall, who fled Thailand and has worked as part of Shinawatra’s lobbying and public relations efforts since 2011. Marshall claims to have spoken directly with the killers and has confirmed that they were indeed “red,” the term used to describe members of Shinawatra’s political machine.
The US then, in addition to defending a deposed prime minister guilty of immense, overt criminality and corruption, is also defending a deposed regime that employed terrorism and mass murder against its own people. If Marshall’s story is true, Russel should perhaps be questioning why the new Thai government is only impeaching Yingluck Shinawatra, and not trying her for treason or for supporting terrorism.
If Marshall’s story is not true, perhaps networks like the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and papers like the Guardian should stop deferring to him as an “expert” on Thai politics.
Regardless, that the narrative employed by both the US State Department and Shinawatra’s political machine, echoes similar US-backed sedition seen recently in Hong Kong, and documented in other nations including Libya, Syria, and Egypt where protests led to wide scale violence and even full-scale war.
A lot of official statements, media reports and analysis about the US led war against ISIL are coming out these days for public consumption, glorifying the ‘success’ of the US airstrikes in defeating and pushing back the ‘enemy.’ The narrative of ‘success’ has been systematically built on the ruins of the badly exposed US-trained and funded Iraqi army. Even if this narrative is taken on its face value, it turns out that it was the US itself who precipitated the emergence of ISIL. The US made ISIL the formidable military force that it is today, precisely by turning over billions of dollars of equipment to a corrupt and incompetent Iraqi army that has now collapsed and turned over much of its weaponry to the jihadist terrorists. However, notwithstanding the narrative being built through the media, it is a well-known fact that ISIL has not been or is being pushed back.
On the other hand, counter-narrative reports have contended that ISIL now controls large swathes of Syrian territory—in fact, much larger than it was holding in the recent past. The US airstrikes, on the contrary, are not only turning out to be futile against ISIL, but also being used to bomb Syrian areas, as also the Syrian army to weaken Assad’s regime. Even the US’ prime ally in region—Israel—is keen on taking full advantage of the situation, using it as a pretext to strike its arch enemy, Hezbollah in Syria. In a recent Israeli strike, at least 12 members of Hezbollah and Iran’s revolutionary guards were killed. If the US’ fight is against ISIL, why her allies are killing the enemies of the ‘enemy’ of the US?
Apart from the fact that the US-led military effort is aimed at “dismantling” the “Islamic State” as a threat to the stability of the Middle East and to US security, no independent military or counter-terrorism analyst believes that the military force that is being applied in Iraq and Syria has even the slightest chance of achieving that objective, partly due to the US’ covert alliance with ISIL and partly due to the fact that the US does not have support of any ally who can take control of the territory when it is actually freed from ISIL—hence, no war and no defeat of any ‘enemy’ whatsoever.
According to some reports coming out, the US diplomats freely acknowledged that the airstrikes that the Obama administration is carrying out will not defeat ISIL terrorists, nor does the US, Obama administration, intend to go too deep in this war because of domestic political concerns. However, it does feel the need to turn this anti-ISIL, anti-terrorism, operation into a war so that Obama administration can sell it to its key political constituencies. As the reported sequences of events shows, Obama administration gradually changed its discourse on ISIL issue, turning away from calling it a “counterterrorism operation” to a full-fledged war in the Middle East. The discourse of war, especially in the context of public mood in the West against the fast spreading radicalism, turns out to be a potential political tactic rather than a mere strategic decision.
It is not to suggest that this decision does not have external dimensions. As a matter of fact, it has been a long cherished dream of the US to have unilateral control over the Middle East since at least 1990s. The fallout of the Iraq war did not allow the US to keep its military on long-term, if not permanent, basis in the ME. The US’ withdrawal from Iraq, emergence of ISIS/ISIL, failure of the Iraqi army against ISIL and now the US’ airstrikes all form a coherent sequence of stages of the geo-political “game” the US has been playing in the Middle East since the first gulf war—a “game” that saw further intensification after 9/11 and now is being played in a number of countries that happen to be either on the energy transportation route or are themselves rich in resources. The US’ “occupation strategy” involves a cycle of invading a country of interest, turning it into a chaotic mess and then using the chaos as “a justification” for longer military presence in that country, says an American political commentator and peace activist Brian Becker.
The myth of the “effectiveness” airstrikes against ISIL now stands fully exploded since ISIL now controls much larger Syrian territory than it controlled before US’ bombardment commenced. To begin with, the most immediate objective that the US wanted to achieve was protecting the American strategic investment in Iraq by relieving the so-called jihadist pressure on Baghdad and pushing the ‘divisive’ Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, out of office. To the extent that prospective strikes in Syria were discussed, their narrow aim was defined in terms of what arrangement would better secure the US’ otherwise “lost-self” position in the Middle East. Nothing but extended and extensive chaos could enable the US to re-engage militarily in the Middle East.
That the US has been very selective becomes evident from the fact that the US’ strategy against ISIL in Iraq and ISIL in Syria has been markedly different. If we look at the entire scenario a bit more closely, it becomes evident that ISIL has been directly instrumental in giving that opportunity to the US she had been trying to get since at least 2012: an entry into Syrian “civil war.” These attacks by the US, with their implied ‘promise’ of close air support for non-jihadist fighters assailed by ISIL, have brought the US perilously close to full and formal entry into the Syrian “civil war.” Apart from ISIL, the US’ regional allies have also been instrumental in facilitating this entry. For instance, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s offer to send Turkish troops into Syria if the US would, in return, directly attack the Assad regime—and Ankara’s wrangling with the US over access to Turkish air bases—has not only added to the sustained pressure coming from the Gulf allies, but has also exposed the underlying Syria centric agenda of the US and the Western ‘concerns’ about the rapid emergence of ISIL.
Notwithstanding that the US does aim to dismantle Assad’s regime in Syria, this is by far the only objective the US aims to materialize. Further militarization, for instance, of the Middle East is another critical target the US has to achieve through the current crisis. As a matter of fact, the US has already started to beef up its military presence in the region. Not only did the US ramp up its already considerable economic and military aid to Jordan, for instance, but also went on to deploy, in 2014, 6,000 soldiers to Jordan for a supposedly “large-scale exercise.” While the notion of “large scale exercise” may have been given for public consumption, the reality is far from it; and, the undeniable reality is the US’ quest for unchallenged supremacy over the flow of energy resources from the Middle East to the rest of the world, including Europe, and to deny its real enemies any real opportunity to challenge that hegemony. The wars being fought since last three decades have not and will not establish peace; for, they were and are designed to create chaos and instability.
Salman Rafi Sheikh, research-analyst of International Relations and Pakistan’s foreign and domestic affairs, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”
The American Chamber of Commerce in China and 17 other US business lobbies addressed a letter to the Central Leading Small Group for Cyberspace Affairs, led by Chinese President Xi Jinping, on Wednesday. In the letter, the business groups called on the Chinese government to take part in “urgent discussion and dialogue” over the new cybersecurity regulations.
The new Chinese rules impose tight security checks that would force tech companies to disclose sensitive intellectual property, the US lobby groups said.
“An overly broad, opaque, discriminatory approach to cyber security policy that restricts global internet and ICT products and services would ultimately isolate Chinese ICT firms from the global marketplace and weaken cyber security, thereby harming China’s economic growth and development and restricting customer choice,” the letter said.
Beijing adopted the new regulations requiring tech companies – including giants such as Cisco and Microsoft, which sell technologies to Chinese banks to unveil secret source code – to submit to invasive audits and build backdoors into hardware and software, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Thus, tech companies that cooperate with Chinese banks will have to set up research and development centers in the country, get permits for workers who service technology equipment, and build “ports” which let Beijing manage and monitor hardware data, Reuters reported. Under the regulations, software providers will also have to adopt Chinese encryption algorithms so that Beijing can monitor financial activities.
The 22-page document was approved at the end of 2014 and comes within the framework of a broader cybersecurity policy, the details of which are yet to be unveiled.
Cybersecurity has become a sensitive issue between the two states, following leaks from National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden on US international spy programs that targeted a number of Chinese institutions.
In May 2014, China called on banks to stop using IBM servers and replace them with locally made machines, amid fears that the nation’s financial security might be compromised.
At the same time, Chinese companies said they would cease working with US consulting firms such as McKinsey, BCG, Bain & Company, and Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co.), over fears that they are spying on behalf of the US government.
Microsoft also became entangled in a Chinese government probe in May 2014, over corruption and alleged breaches in anti-monopoly laws.
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In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to Alex and Allyson Grey about the infamous Obama painting and pyramid all seeing eye symbolism that they use.
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Following the deaths of 36 bankers last year, 2015 has got off to an inauspicious start with the reported suicide of Chris Van Eeghen – the 4th ABN Amro banker suicide in the last few years. As Quotenet reports, the death of Van Eghen – the head of ABN’s corporate finance and capital markets -“startled” friends and colleagues as …
With little dissent, the Dallas City Council on Wednesday voted to approve a $ 1 million contract to fluoridate Dallas’ water supply for the next three years.
Only Sheffie Kadane and Adam Medrano voted against the $ 1,060,800 contract with Mosaic Crop Nutrition to add the cavity-fighting chemical to the city’s drinking water.
The vote follows months of debate on whether the council should flush the compound from Dallas’ water. A small but vocal faction of fluoride foes found a single true ally in Kadane, who said his reasons for opposition were both financial and scientific.
“Dental hygiene is the way to prevent cavities,” he said. “It’s not by using fluoride.”
But Lawrence Wolinsky, the dean of Texas A&M University’s Baylor College of Dentistry, told the council Wednesday that removing fluoride from the water would be a “tremendous disservice to the citizens of Dallas, especially children.”
He warned against returning to the days of rotting teeth in children without access to proper dental care.
Only one other council member joined the discussion: Rick Callahan, who called the concerns over fluoride little more than “junk science.”
“Why on earth would we want to turn back the clock and join the Flat Earth Society?” he said.
EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss imposing further sanctions on Russia following an upsurge in fighting in east Ukraine.
A woman pushes a cart as she visits a hypermarket of French grocery retailer Auchan in Moscow, Jan. 15, 2015. A new poll shows 80 percent of Russians would give up Western food for a stronger economy. Reuters
The EU and the US have already imposed sanctions on Russia and slapped asset freezes and travel bans on Russian individuals and businesses.
NATO says hundreds of Russian tanks and armoured vehicles are in east Ukraine. Moscow denies direct involvement but says some Russian volunteers are fighting alongside the rebels.
Tensions between Russia and the West are intensifying. President Obama’s suggestion that Russia would be cut out of the SWIFT banking transfer system was met with a degree of hostility and threatening words that has not been customary of the Russian government.
Prime Minister Medvedev warned that the “Russian response – economically and otherwise – will know no limits.”
The EU‘s push for further sanctions on Russia may be imprudent and only help ‘bait the bear’. Measures under discussion include asset freezes, travel restrictions on certain Russian individuals, and restricted access to capital markets.
The consequences of such a move could be dire. China have made it clear that it can provide liquidity to Russia if necessary, an offer the Russians have not felt the need to avail of as yet. Russia still sits on vast dollar reserves which it could dump on the market and buy Chinese yuan and other allied nations fiat currencies and indeed precious metals such as gold and palladium.
Or Russia could choose to cut off natural gas to Europe causing a crisis for homes and industry across Europe and paralysing industry and agriculture in already struggling periphery economies.
The war in Ukraine, in which 5000 people have already died, is growing in scope and intensity.
At some point Russia may directly enter the conflict – which it would justify given that the ethnically Russian people of Donetsk voted to secede from Ukraine following the overthrow of democratically elected, albeit corrupt, President Yanukovych.
Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine and its continued support for rebels in the east of the country is not “not a wise course for Russia”, former UK foreign secretary and leading government politician William Hague has told CNBC.
“If Russia continues on this course of the last few days there will be a further grave deterioration in relations between the European Union and Russia,” Hague who is close to NATO told CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange.
The risks now fomenting in Greece as well the escalating tensions with Russia, along with the tacit admission that the EU is already in serious crisis by initiating emergency QE measures, mean that that the risk of banking contagion and collapse, economic collapse and currency collapse are real threats.
Bail-ins of deposits remain a real possibility.
In the event of any and all of these possibilities gold and silver bullion will perform well as a currency of last resort.
Today’s AM fix was USD 1.275.50, EUR 1,129.36 and GBP 842.25 per ounce.
Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,287, EUR 1,131.93 and GBP 846.71 per ounce.
Gold and silver both dropped yesterday. Gold lost 0.76% or $ 9.80, closing at $ 1,284.90/oz. Silver fell 0.55% or $ 0.1 and closed at $ 17.99/oz.
Gold Performance since 2006 and in 2015
In Singapore, gold for immediate delivery fell by 0.5 per cent to USD 1,278.27 an ounce and silver by 0.9 per cent to USD 17.84 an ounce and that weakness continued in European trading.
On the wider markets this morning, European shares are down 0.7% on concerns about the health of the Eurozone economy and risks of a new crisis.
Global economic growth concerns pushed stock markets lower in Asia overnight. Non-gold safe haven assets such as German bund futures rose sharply, mirroring an earlier move in U.S. Treasuries.
Greek Prime Minister Tsipras challenged to international creditors by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country’s bank bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets in Greece.
The U.S. Federal Reserve remains remarkably sanguine on the U.S. economy and signalled that it remains firmly on track to raise interest rates this year, despite an uncertain global outlook. As ever, we prefer to watch what the Fed actually does rather than what it says it will do.